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  • NPCs

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,928

What happens when the haggling is done and the shops are closed? When the quest has been given, the steeds saddled, and the adventurers are off to their next encounter? They keep the world running, the food cooked, and the horses shoed, yet what adventurer has ever spared a thought or concern for the Non-Player Characters? In the town of Maplebark, four such NPCs settle in for a night of actively ignoring the adventurers drinking in the tavern when things go quickly and fatally awry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable if you manage your expectations

  • By Miachi on 01-23-15

Great concept but...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-16

The concept of this book was a lot of fun. However, the execution fell flat for me. It built up the story but never really took advantage of the original idea. I'm not sure why the author chose to use the blended world concept at the beginning and then the end but it wasn't present anywhere else. I thought the characters were likeable though.

There was a strange background story at an awkward place toward the end of the book that I felt took something away from the climax.

The voice acting was really good. The characters were distinct and he kept the story moving.

All of that being said. I was entertained but I would think twice about getting another book in this series or by the author. I would listen to another book by the voice actor though.

30 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 210,718
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196,334

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • perfection

  • By Dallas on 03-30-18

Pretty Good

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, it was a semi-entertaining read but the foul language and the never ending lists of 80's references got old.

What could Ernest Cline have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I think the foul language was unnecessary. I was enjoying it up until they went off on their little tangents. I agree with another user that said that some of the references were just a list of nostalgic references. It got old after a while instead of being a trip down memory lane. It got a bit preachy at times as well. We get it, the character doesn't believe in God, did that have anything to do with the rest of the book? Was he trying to prove a point? Again, it was unnecessary.

What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Wil Wheaton did a great job narrating, my only complaint is that I felt like he was lecturing me at times instead of narrating a book. This could be the actual source material more than his performance. I felt like he did a great job of taking on the persona of the character.

Was Ready Player One worth the listening time?

I would never listen to it again but I guess it was entertaining enough for me to have finished it so that's something.

Any additional comments?

I wish someone would have mentioned the language but maybe it doesn't bother others like it does me. I'm not a prude, I'm reading "The Martian" which has it's fair share of curse words but in this type of book it seemed out of place and unnecessary.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful